The annual Aston Martin Works Sale has set new records, with the first auction on May 9th, 2015, raising £10,280,275, including the sale of a 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible originally owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov for £1,513,500.
A 1966 Aston Martin Db5 Convertible in Vantage specification actually sold for more, at 1,524,700, and a total of 50 cars were listed. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2 Liter Sports Saloon sold for £595,100, a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark 1’ Volante for £561,500 and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series 1’ Sports Salooon for £494,300.
Even barn finds and project cars did better than expectations with a 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Sports Saloon for £104,540 and a 1959 version reaching £115,740.
But then there was another Aston sale the following weekend. Highlights there including an Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Volante for £757,500, one of only 21 examples ever built.
And the modified 1970 Aston Martin DBS Sports Saloon which was supplied with special modifications to feature in The Persuaders TV series sold for £533,500. The Bahama Yellow DBS featured a standard six-cylinder engine but was given the appearance of the new V8 version despite the engine not reaching production in time for the television schedules. The identity of the car was revealed in one episode where the crew forgot to add the BS 1 numberplate for Roger Moore’s character, showing the actual registration number of PPP 6H.
If that wasn’t enough, the Spa Classic Sale also took place on the same weekend of May 17th/18th with a 1976/1983 Ferrari 308GTB Group B Michelotto selling for £496,620. A 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon sold for £285,791 to a gentleman who had actually been at the Aston sale the day before, and who also picked up a 1965 Austin-Healey 100M ‘Le Mans’ Roadster for £121,812. And a 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta sold for £121,812.